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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson
05 November 2009 | Deltaville, VA
16 October 2009 | Deltaville, VA
26 May 2009 | Deltaville
25 May 2009 | Deltaville
24 May 2009 | Fishing Bay (N37*32.418 W76*20.203) to Deltaville
23 May 2009 | Great Bridge VA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508) to Fishing Bay VA (N37*32.418 W76*20.203)
22 May 2009 | Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520) to Great BridgeVA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508)
21 May 2009 | The Alligator River Bridge, NC (N35*53.847 W76*02.024) to Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520)
20 May 2009 | Alligator River Bridge, NC
19 May 2009 | Alligator River Swing Bridge, NC
17 May 2009 | The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557) to Alligator Swing Bridge, NC (N35*53.874 W76*02.024)
16 May 2009 | Eastham Creek Anchorage NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514) to The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557)
15 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort NC (N34*43.519 W76*39.898) to Eastham Creek, NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514)
14 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
13 May 2009 | Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831) to Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
12 May 2009 | Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5 to Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831)
11 May 2009 | Wrightsville Beach NC (N34*12.441 W77*47.965) SM#283.2 to Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5
10 May 2009 | Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)SM330 to Wrightsville Beach Anchorage (N34*12.447 W77*47.953)
09 May 2009 | Bull Creek, SC (N33 36.667 W79 06.228) to Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)

Port Elgin 45 knot blues!!!

17 August 2007 | Port Elgin
Low 50, High 68, Wicked clouds & Wind
Picture above is right outside our marina. Need I say more as to why we stayed???

Friday, August 17, 2007
Port Elgin, Ontario

The neighbors were up last night until the weeeee hours of the morning chatting and having a good time. I felt like an intruder most of the night because I couldn't help but listen to their conversations all night. I don't think they meant to be so loud, but I couldn't sleep over the laughter - don't know how their kids did it.

Wow, there's a definite chill to the air this morning. It's coldddd. This is August? Seven degrees Celsius? Sometime during the night our burgee and courtesy flag stopped beating the halyard so I jumped up this morning, put on the coffee and quickly dressed to take out the trash and check out the water conditions at the mouth of the harbor coming into Port Elgin. I couldn't get connected on the computer to see what they were forecasting so thought I'd give it a visual to see if we could at least get out of the harbor and on to the next one. It still looks a little choppy on the horizon but not to bad and there are clouds rising in the distance - dark and building, so I raced back to the boat from the seawall to turn on the radio to get the marine forecast.

The forecast still hadn't changed from yesterday - except for one small item... a waterspout was thrown in... What the heck? So they're still calling for 20-30 knot winds this morning and waves building from 1 to 3 to 4 meters early afternoon. Thunderstorms in the afternoon, and now waterspouts... just imagine if 3 Abens were here, what the weather would be like...

Well I think I'll warm up the cabin by making some muffins...

After having muffins and coffee for breakfast, I decided to take a walk to find a payphone so I could phone my mom. After phoning (a lot of these payphones don't take credit cards) I headed up Green Street to explore and see if I could find a grocery store. It looks like they rent out a lot of cottages in this area - I kept seeing rental signs and signs that said "Watered by Sand Point". About 8 blocks up I spotted a streetlight and figured that must be where the main road is. I saw a woman carrying plastic bags so figured she'd walked to the store. I asked her "where is a grocery store around here?" and she said "ohhh, a long ways up". "you need to go way up the road then turn left" so I figured I was on the right track and kept walking. It was about an hour into town and an hour back. Very cute, well-manicured houses and neighborhoods and when I got to town it had several used book stores and a great old library. Several little caf´┐Ż's a couple of icecream places, a Chinese restaurant, a couple of clothing places and a hardware store. Never did find a grocery store. I did find a Salvation Army store and wandered into there. All kinds of stuff and actually crowded in there too. After an hour, I figured Wayne might be searching for me now so I headed back to the boat. I was gone for about 3 hours - hour there, hour back and and hour in the library, bookstores, etc... Wayne had cleaned out the garage (back berth) and was reading up on sailboat electrical systems. His project is to fix what Tower screwed up...

I got back to the boat just in time - the winds really started howling so I checked out the weather. They'd changed the forecast so now we were expecting 30mph winds with 45 mph gusts and T Storms... Glad we didn't go out. We started getting whitecaps IN the marina and the waves were something else out there. It got really wild with the waves crashing into the jetty and breakwaters. The sand was blowing and sandblasting everything downwind of the beach and of course I had to run and get my camera.

Beautiful straight-line clouds and a series where you could actually see a cold front wedging in under the warmer air and making clouds along the boundary.

We walked out to take pictures along the pier and grab a coney from the restaurant (did I mention they had banana fudge icecream? Ymmmm) and noticed that the dock we were on had given way down near the end. It was sagging in the water, held up by electrical lines.... So we notified them at the office first before going to eat and take pictures. The girl in the office said they'd heard about it but their first priority was to make sure that all the cleats were tightened down so none of the boats got loose in the winds and waves. We actually hit those 45mph winds they were predicting - in the marina where we were protected. Amazing.... The winds kept splashing the water up over the breakwater as I tried to take pictures of the sunset tonight. Kids were playing in it of course...

Weather is predicting to calm down tomorrow so we may be able to get out of here if the channel isn't awash in rock and debris...
Vessel Name: Kolibrie
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 36
Hailing Port: Jackson
Crew: Wayne & Pat
About: Back in Michigan for Hurricane Season 2009...
Extra: Our boat is a Bayfield 36. Not the fastest little thing, but a nice little cruiser that we like to call home.
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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson